In fact, merging into another programming language is not that easy which is why some websites are still using older versions of PHP for their back-end. To provide you with a better understanding of the structure of a website, a website is divided into the front-end and the back-end. The front-end usually refers to what you see as a website’s visitor while back-end means the server, application and database. Distinct technologies are needed for the front-end and the back-end, a full-stack developer can work on both by knowing many of these distinct technologies. For example, a web developer who knows front-end technologies and PHP, can be considered as a full-stack developer.
If we take a look at the technical aspects of PHP, it may be the most reachable OPP for junior web developers. At the end of this article, we will see why reachable technologies are the most attractive for companies.
Seniors and juniors were not born with the same technologies around them and don’t have the same vision of web development. For many senior developers, PHP is going to die but this conclusion is more subjective than objective. In fact, experienced developers think that PHP didn’t evolve.
It is true that PHP does not have the best history, some of the PHP versions were unstable and inefficient in terms of speed. Moreover, PHP met issues of security, and PHP developers have noted security breaches on their websites. In this situation, a security breach is an unauthorized access of data or services by bypassing their underlying security mechanisms. So, the question is why are developers from companies still using PHP and putting at risk their customer relationship?
1-PHP 7, the biggest step from Zend technologies and not the last
Projects from Zend with PHP are not done yet, reports claim that PHP 8 is confirmed to be in the development process with even better performance and functions, without going into details, PHP is looking to become easier to learn; therefore, more and more reachable.
Meanwhile, the web is still merging to PHP 7, and some companies even judged that it is not necessary for them to merge their website into this new version. For the ones who decided to merge, they have seen an obvious increase in performance of their websites. Websites that merge to the 7’s version of PHP for their back-end, now get an increased performance of 25% – 70%, which is incredible. PHP 6 never really saw life, all the innovations that came from this project were added to PHP 7’s project, that is why we can say that PHP 7 represents the work of two distinct projects. If around 80% of the web is covered by PHP, almost 8/10 of websites can see their performance rocketing thanks to the new version of the OPP. The launch of a stable version from Zend technologies is for sure reassuring companies about the future of PHP.
2-HipHop for PHP, the involvement of Facebook with an alternative solution
The first compiler was launched in 2010 and Facebook was already developing its own compiler, known today as HPVM.
HPVM was originally developed to diminish the charge of the servers. HipHop for PHP was launched with 300 000 lines of code in C++ and C, as an open-source and under PHP’s license.
Facebook has the third worldwide most important traffic and was built with PHP. For Facebook’s management, adding servers was not the only solution to manage their traffic; rather, developing an efficient compiler was for them the brightest solution to manage more traffic in the future.
In 2020, Facebook’s servers will concentrate an infinite number of objects and maintain increasing performance by using PHP. With their effort, Facebook is really teaching with PHP a lesson to the other companies.